Luminosity Masks in Photoshop
24th September 2020

I wrote about Luminosity Masks in Photoshop already on this blog. It's a very powerful technique I use in my landscape and cityscape photography. I find it much more efficacious than letting my camera or software randomly decide what a good HDR photo is. Yes, it may take a bit longer. But the results are far more satisfactory. When I first heard about Luminosity Masks, it seemed quite a complex concept to...

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Dodge and Burn in Photoshop
10th September 2020

Dodge and Burn are tools often used by photographers of all kinds to enhance their images. To highlight details, improve contrast, make an element stand out more, brighten up eyes in a portrait… There are plenty of applications. These tools have been available in Photoshop for quite a long time now. But using Dodge and Burn “as is” is not recommended as it would be a “destructive” edit (meaning you cannot undo...

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London sunrise photography
5th September 2020

I often say that it's my duty to shoot sunset or even sunrise photography! I love landscapes and cityscapes, so I must take these pictures when the conditions are right! Of the two, sunrise photography can be more rewarding because it requires more effort. First of all, from Spring to Autumn the time is not favourable. You need to wake up quite early to catch the sunrise. Better in Winter when you...

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What's In My Camera Bag
27th August 2020

You likely see the “What's In My Camera Bag” videos all over YouTube. It's quite a popular topic for several reasons: people are genuinely interested in what professionals use, it satisfies the Gear Acquisition Syndrome, it's a way for a content creator to put out some affiliate links (they do help), etc. And even though I do not do too many reviews, I had to publish my own version too. If only...

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vlog mitakon lens for street photography
20th August 2020

I did ask myself if the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 could indeed be the hardest lens for street photography. Despite the clickbait title, this was a genuine question I had. And so I decided to give it a good test. To this day, Fujifilm does not release blueprints for its lenses to other manufacturers. So you don't often see other brands produce lenses for the X-Mount. One brand that comes to mind is...

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Fujifilm GFX 50S
14th August 2020

I rented the Fujifilm GFX 50S for a job (office interiors and corporate headshots). But I still had some spare time to use it before sending it back to Fuji. So, of course, I made a video! I used medium-format cameras in the past. When in Florence, I worked with the medium format to photograph paintings, sculptures and all masterpieces of the great museums we have in my hometown! So this format...

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hottest day in London
6th August 2020

OK, what do you do when is the hottest day in London (36C)? Well, obviously, you go out and enjoy the weather! And shoot a few pictures along the way! At least, that's what I did.I like hot weather. Very much. It should go without saying because I'm half-Italian. But many people who grew up in hot weather conditions, actually don't enjoy them much. Not me. The “normal” temperature in London during...

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Tate Gallery Reopens
31st July 2020

The Tate Gallery reopens this week after a four-month closure due to the pandemic. Actually, not just the Tate Modern but all Tate galleries across the UK. I'm very happy this is finally happening, not just as a Tate member but also as an art lover and photographer. The Tate, specifically the Tate Modern, is a massive playground for all London-based street photographers. Its architecture may not appeal to everyone. I, for...

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1-1 mini bite-sized workshops for the photographer with no time
25th July 2020

Unveiling London's Magic: Bite-Sized Street Photography Workshops for Busy Lives… London, a city that thrums with life, history etched onto every brick. For photographers, the city is a playground of potential masterpieces waiting to be captured. But what if you, the busy Londoner, find yourself yearning to delve into the world of Street Photography yet lack the time for a full-day workshop? Perhaps you feel like your 9-to-5 office life leaves you...

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How to Edit the Milky Way in Adobe Lightroom
24th July 2020

Do you want to learn how to edit the Milly Way in your photos, so it really pops? Good! Because this is exactly the content of the video I just published on YouTube! I went with my friend Robert to Stonehenge, UK, for a night out, hoping to get some good shots of Comet Neowise again. And also the Milky Way and all we could squeeze in one night. My photo of...

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Smartphone photography tips
20th July 2020

My friend Dot Lung asked me to go live with her and talk about smartphone photography tips and how to take better photos with your phone. We both use iPhones, but all we talked about applies to Android as well. We did not talk about specific apps only available for one platform but actually discussed real examples of taking photos with a phone. Dot Lung is a fantastic Digital Media Strategist who...

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Comet Neowise over London
14th July 2020

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, that's what photographing Comet Neowise over London (or anywhere else, really) is! I'm not going to dive into too many descriptions of the event. I'm sure you all know about it by now.This is a once-in-a-lifetime event because the comet was only discovered last March, and it won't be visible again for another 7000 years (seven thousand!). You still have plenty of time to witness it, as it will...

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